Carnival Celebrates 50th Birthday With 7(!) Ships Meeting at Once

Take the fun of a regular Carnival cruise… and multiply that by seven. That’s what thousands of guests had the chance to experience as the cruise line celebrated 50 years of business in a unique way.

To celebrate its 50th birthday, Carnival had seven ships meet up near Cozumel. Image courtesy of Carnival.

Instead of just celebrating with one ship, the cruise line brought together seven ships to host what’s likely the biggest party ever on the ocean.

Near Cozumel, Carnival Breeze, Ecstasy, Glory, Mardi Gras, Sunrise and Vista all met together. Then, each ship had their own Lido deck party to help ring in 50 years of sailing.

According to Carnival, “During the meetup, each cruise ship hosted their own party on the Lido deck, where guests joined the Cruise Director, Playlist Productions cast and the ship’s DJ for a birthday party complete with music and entertainment.

“Guests also participated in the biggest Ship-Tok at sea, where the ships’ Cruise Directors and Fun Squads taught and led a choreographed dance inspired by Carnival’s 50th birthday. The Ship-Tok will be posted on this Thursday.”

All told, Carnival has a total of 17 birthday sailings running through March 10. Among those trips there will be multiple ship meet-ups, although this one was the largest and includes Carnival’s newest ship Mardi Gras.

Carnival Miracle and Radiance already met on March 5. On March 9, Conquest, Freedom, Legend, Liberty, Spirit, and Sunshine will meet in The Bahamas. Finally, Carnival Miracle and Panorama meet off the coast of Baja, Mexico on March 11.

Image courtesy of Carnival.

These meetups come in addition to a number of other events onboard to mark 50 years since being founded in 1972.

There are special “Birthday Bash Sailaway Parties” on ships, Carnival history trivia, and 50th birthday medallion prizes for winning competitions onboard. There is also a special birthday dining room menu and dining room entertainment, along with special birthday drinks being served onboard.

If you want to be part of the festivities, then you need to hurry. There is only one more “Carnival Sailabration” cruise, and that’s aboard Carnival Miracle, which sails from Long Beach on March 10. It will not only offer the birthday festivities onboard but will also meet up with Carnival Panorama during the trip.

From one ship sailing out of Miami in 1972 to 24 ships today that carry more than six million passengers a year, Carnival and its fans definitely have plenty to celebrate.

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